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Weston Davis Accepts Award at the 2014 BEVA Congress

Congratulations to Dr. Weston Davis for winning the BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale EVJ Open Award at the 2014 BEVA Congress in Birmingham. The award was for a paper Dr. Davis wrote entitled:

Return to use and performance following exploratory cellotomy for colic horses; 195 cases

Introducing Dr. Ryan Lukens

Palm Beach Equine Clinic currently has 24 veterinarians providing exceptional veterinary care and client services. As we grow, thanks to you our client, we feel it is important that you get to know all of our veterinarians, not only professionally but also personally. Each of our doctors brings exceptional veterinary skills as well as great personal strengths to our Palm Beach Equine Clinic Family. It is the combination of these strengths that makes our Team a success.

Dr. Ryan Lukens joined the Palm Beach Equine Clinic team in June of 2012. He has been a great asset and some of you may not have had the opportunity to meet him. We sat down to interview Dr. Lukens and asked him to tell his story.

Q: You went to Ohio State and played football, do you feel that your football career helped you with your future in veterinary medicine?

A: Yes, I played football for 5 years at Ohio State, from 2004 to 2008.  I was a fullback and a linebacker.  My senior season was my freshman year in vet school.  I remember studying for Cell Biology and Clinical Pathology during my plane rides back from games.  My coaches were very accommodating. I would usually have to skip Sunday film day to study for Monday exams and then make up film review after my exams on Monday, which would usually have been a “day off” from football.  Needless to say I was busy during that first quarter of vet school.  Football taught me discipline and time management.  My Coach, Jim Tressel, instilled values in his players by group discussion and study of leadership books.  These values affect my career today, I am always aware of how my actions and words affect everyone around me.  The lessons from Coach Tressel have helped me improve my communication skills with my clients and fellow colleagues.

Q: Your wife is a small animal veterinarian, how did this play a part in your education and career?

A: My grades were above average during my last football season but improved the following quarter.  This improvement in grades can be traced back to meeting my future wife in school a month after my football career ended.  The day we met we spent most of our time studying together and immersing ourselves in our class work.  Studying became fun and we tackled the challenges together.  She was small animal oriented and I was able to teach her equine aspects while she helped me with small animal based courses.  From our separate experiences working with different animals our entire pre-vet school lives, we greatly improved each other’s understanding of former less-familiar species.  When we entered clinical rotations our 3rd year, I would always find a way to get out to the barn rather than stay in the small animal clinic.  It was fun being able to teach my wife about horses, she had almost no experience with horses when we met.

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Palm Beach Equine Clinic team of doctors? What kind of experiences have you had since joining PBEC?

A: I am more than happy to be a part of this prestigious clinic and to live in the center of horse country in South Florida.  I do not miss lameness exams in the snow!I started working at Palm Beach Equine Clinic for over 6 weeks while I was finishing school. This opportunity led to a great start in my career.  I was able to familiarize myself with the operation of this efficient, tertiary medical facility.  My interests in school and to this day are sports medicine (lameness) and I always envisioned performing competent lameness exams.  Over the past year and a half my lameness exam numbers have increased exponentially and this past winter season I was successful in keeping several horses that had lameness issues early on sound throughout the entire season. I enjoy doing pre-purchase examinations. I am fortunate that this area offers a great amount of sale horses. Pre-purchase exams are also an excellent way to develop relationships with new riders and trainers.  Moving from Ohio, I was quickly introduced to “summer sores”.  Habronemiasis (summer sores) are not seen clinically in the north so becoming more educated on them and providing successful treatment has been an educational experience for me. The fortunate part about being a member of Palm Beach Equine Clinic is the amount of doctors and specialized fields that PBEC has to offer. This is what makes the veterinary care here so proficient.  It is better for the patient and client that we are able to share ideas and consolidate treatment options between our large team of doctors.

Q: What are your goals for the future?

A: I am currently working on becoming ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) certified.  This course and certification will continue to expand my knowledge and treatments of lameness.  I look forward to meeting new clients and treating new horses.  In the future, I want to join the ranks of the lameness experts known throughout the country.  Wellington is one the greatest places in the world for the opportunity to treat the best horses in the world.  I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Battling Summer Sores

Summertime is here and along with the summer months in Florida comes humidity and an increase in the fly population. Unfortunately for horse owners, an increase in the fly population creates many problems. One major problem that seems to be intensifying every year is the summer sores or medically known as Habronemiasis. Summers sores are lesions on the skin caused by worm larvae from the horse’s stomach.

How does the stomach worm larvae end up as a skin lesion? One simple answer is from a fly. The stable fly is a host for these parasites. The worms in the horse’s stomach produce eggs that pass through the digestive tract, which end up in the horse’s manure. The eggs then hatch to develop larvae that attach to the blades of grass. The fly carries the larvae on its extremities and is attracted to mucous membranes or open wounds on the horse. The larvae infect the open wound or a mucous membrane such as the eye or prepuce. This creates a type of allergic reaction within the immune system causing inflammation, discharge, and the production of granulation tissue infected with larvae. One way to tell if you are dealing with a summer sore is the granulation tissue contains small yellow rice like larvae within the skin and a mucopurulent discharge associated with the wound.

The best way to avoid summer sores is to prevent them. Fly control, proper wound care, and most importantly an effective de-worming program. Habronema species are the source of summer sores. Please call Palm Beach Equine Clinic and discuss with one of our veterinarians a proper de-worming program.

Proper treatment of the lesion is extremely important. Delaying initial treatment may result in an increased cost. Delaying treatment may require surgical excision of the granulation tissue and possible skin grafting. Severe Habronemiasis of the male horse’s sheath may require reconstructive surgery of the prepuce and/or urethra. At the first sign of a summer sore contact your veterinarian at Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599.

PBEC Saves Nelson Pessoa’s Artemide d’Ecaussinnes

The Miracle Horse: Artemide d’Ecaussinnes

By Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Owning a horse comes with a degree of uncertainty and worry. If your horse has a traumatic accident, sometimes the very best you can hope for are swift care and an eventual recovery. For show jumping legend Nelson Pessoa, seeing his horse Artemide d’Ecaussinnes with a severe trauma in the ring was a shock. But what came afterward surprised him even more.

Pessoa purchased Artemide d’Ecaussinnes, an eight-year-old BWP gelding, at the beginning of the year. The young horse showed at the FTI WEF with Pessoa’s rider, Stephan Barcha, and another junior rider, Joao Victor Castro. “It’s a horse that shows a lot of promise, to be a nice horse for speed classes or a junior horse. It’s a horse with a wonderful character,” Pessoa said.

Artemide’s trajectory changed in the blink of an eye on Friday, January 31, in the DeNemethy Ring in a 1.40m class. With Castro riding, the pair had a miscommunication at an oxer and landed on the standard. In a freak accident, the wood sheared from the attached metal strip holding the jump cup, which then went into the horse’s stomach. Luckily, horsemen on the side of the ring and the jump crew reacted quickly to be at the horse’s side, and the horse’s groom, Waldeci da Silva ran from the in-gate to help keep Artemide’s organs inside his body. In the gruesome accident, it was the quick thinking of these individuals that helped save his life.

“It was just really bad luck, it wasn’t anybody’s fault,” Pessoa recalled. “The horse was looked after really quickly. The staff from the show grounds was really good. They made the necessary decisions to help him.”

Those helping in the ring had the unenviable job of holding Artemide’s intestines to keep a bad situation from turning worse. Dr. Hillary Clayton was there shortly to start bandaging the horse, and
the Palm Beach Equine Clinic was quick to react as well, bringing the equine ambulance in immediately to transport Artemide less than a mile away to Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC), where he went into surgery with no delay. All in all, only 30 minutes elapsed from the time of the accident to when Artemide went into emergency surgery.

The surgery was led by Dr. Robert Brusie and Dr. Weston Davis of PBEC, which has three Board Certified surgeons. Dr. Brusie praised the quick thinking of fellow competitors, the DeNemethy Ring jump crew Rafael Rios, Cesar Morales, and Steven Sarmiento, as well as da Silva. “I called (horse show manager) David Burton and told him his people did a fantastic job keeping (the horse) quiet. That injury is really painful, with intestines out of his abdomen. The horse was panicky all the way over here until we anesthetized him, with extreme pain. I was really pleased with the way everything worked. We rehearse these kinds of things, (but) we mainly have fractures, ruptured tendons, as injuries. We do have drills before the season with the ambulance driver. It paid off. Nothing was a surprise, and nobody wondered what to do next. It’s being ready and prepared.”

When Dr. Brusie and Dr. Davis performed the surgery, they were pleased to see that while it was a traumatic injury, there were no vital organs pierced and that the horse’s bowel only had a tear in the section outside of the horse’s abdomen. A second incision was made in the horse’s abdomen to help facilitate the surgery. “We were really fortunate with that guy,” Dr. Brusie remembered. “We ended up taking out about two feet of intestine. He broke a couple of ribs (too).”

“It was good luck for us that the (Palm Beach Equine) Clinic is very close,” Pessoa said. “Dr. Brusie did an unbelievable job.”

Artemide’s miraculous recovery is the combination of quick thinking and amazing care at Palm Beach Equine Clinic, but Pessoa believes the horse’s mindset is what solidified his chances of recovery. “One important point is that the horse is an unbelievable patient. Two hours after he was back in the stable, he wanted to eat and he was drinking. We were waiting for an infection or a temperature, but he had no temperature. It was like it was just a little cut. Twenty-four hours after the surgery, the horse was looking like nothing happened with him,” he explained. Dr. Brusie agreed, “It’s a really good temperament horse. It took a lot of courage for him to stand there and not thrash around. He’s a good horse.”

Artemide is currently getting back in shape by walking on a treadmill. Dr. Brusie compared his situation to colic surgery, where after 10 days recovering at PBEC, he went home, and he can be ridden again 30 days after surgery.

Pessoa expressed, “They said it was a miracle. I really want to say for everybody that has a horse here at this horse show, this clinic is something. You hope things like this won’t happen, but for sure with the number of horses and the amount of jumping here, things like that happen sometimes. It’s a great thing to have this support. People don’t always realize this – we realize now because it happened to us. I’m very grateful for them.”

Along with Drs. Brusie and Davis, Pessoa also gave thanks to Dr. Jorge Gomez and Dr. Selena Passante, his treating veterinarians, along with “the staff, the jump crew from the horse show, they saw the situation and helped save the horse.”

“We had no idea whose horse it was; we just had to save his life,” said Dr. Brusie. “This horse was meant to live. I was amazed neither one of those sites had any infection after we were done. It was meant to happen, and he was meant to live. It was a good feeling and a day when it was good to be a veterinarian.”

PBEC Community News

Horse Tales Literacy Program

Dr. Janet Greenfield-Davis will do a hands-on presentation for the Horse Tales Literacy Project at Good Earth Farm on January 24th from 10:00am-12: 00 pm. Sixty-five students from Pahokee and Glades Academy will have the opportunity to see, touch, and learn about horses for the first time. Dr. Greenfield-Davis has donated her time to do several educational talks for the Horse Tales Literacy Program.

Winter Equestrian Festival Lunch and Learn

Drs. Westin Davis and Sarah Puchalski will be speaking at the WEF Lunch and Learn on January 30th in the Wellington Club from 12:00pm-1: 00 pm. Dr. Davis will cover the topic, “Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery” and Dr. Puchalski will speak on “Diagnostic Imaging for the Modern Sport Horse”. There will be an open discussion after the presentations. This event is open to the public free of charge. Palm Beach Equine Clinic would like to thank Zoetis for sponsoring this event.

PBEC Monthly Contest

Each month Palm Beach Equine Clinic will be hosting a raffle to give our friends a chance to win great prizes. The winner of the contest will be picked on the last day of each month, every month the prize will be different. The January prize is one month of either Crossfit at Crossfit Wellington or one month of personal training at Evolution Fitness Wellington, you get to choose! The total value of this product is $250.00, to enter click here.

Tour Palm Beach Equine Clinic and Meet the Veterinarians

From December 1st, 2013 through April 1st, 2014, PBEC is pleased to offer tours by appointment. Guests will have a guided tour of the facility and time to talk with the veterinarians on staff. Tours will include the new hospital, Nuclear Scintigraphy room, and Surgery Center. To schedule, an appointment call Eques Solutions at 561-227-1537.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Announces Clinic Expansion and Welcomes New Veterinarians

Palm Beach Equine Clinic welcomes Radiologist, Dr. Sarah Puchalski, and Surgeon, Dr. Weston Davis to their team of veterinarians. Dr. Puchalski is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology whose specialty includes the interpretation of radiographs in addition to other diagnostic imaging techniques. With Sarah’s addition to the Palm Beach Equine Clinic team, Palm Beach Equine Clinic is pleased to be one of the few practices in the country with a full-time board certified radiologist. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in equine sports medicine. Dr. Davis joins Dr. Bob Brusie and Dr. Jorge Gomez at Palm Beach Equine Clinic providing exceptional surgical expertise in orthopedic and soft tissue related problems including emergency colic surgery.

In addition to this exciting news comes the announcement of a new expansion to their veterinary hospital located less than one mile from the Winter Equestrian Festival and across the street from the Global Dressage Festival. The expansion includes a new barn containing 11 intensive care stalls capable of providing advanced medical treatment and post-operative care. The added stalls and office space makes Palm Beach Equine Clinic the most progressive, well-equipped facility in the region for equine veterinary care.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) is the one of the select few equine hospitals in the country with three board-certified surgeons. With 24 veterinarians on staff, they are the most complete hospital in the southeast United States, ready to handle any emergency as well as elective surgery and preventative care.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic – with locations in Wellington, Florida, Long Island, New York and satellite veterinarians throughout the United States– have been providing exceptional equine medical care with an unwavering commitment to the horse for more than 30 years. Working with patients that range from favorite reliable amateur horses to treasured Olympic athletes, PBEC’s mission from day one has been to provide innovative veterinary services that promote health and happiness in horses while extending their performance careers. With this mission in mind, Palm Beach Equine Clinic remains the leading service provider in equine veterinary medicine.

From December 1st, 2013 through April 1st, 2014, PBEC is pleased to offer tours by appointment. After scheduling an appointment by calling Eques Solutions at 561-227-1537, guests can look forward to a tour of the facility and time to talk with the veterinarians on staff. Tours will include the new hospital, Nuclear Scintigraphy room, and Surgery Center. Visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet all the new doctors on staff. PBEC is located at 13125 Southfields Road in Wellington, Florida.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic is respected throughout the industry and well known for their unwavering commitment to the horse and their owners, as well as innovative, advanced medical care. Known as leaders in new diagnostics and therapies, PBEC veterinarians have published numerous articles in equine magazines and journals.

Dr. Scott Swerdlin, President of Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Judges Pony Halloween Costume Contest

Dr. Scott Swerdlin, President of Palm Beach Equine Clinic was asked to judge trainer, Charlie Moorcroft’s annual Halloween Pony Parade and Costume Contest on Sunday afternoon, October 27th. Each contest won a prize for various categories. The final prize given was two $50 gift certificates to Palm Beach Equine Clinic for the Best of Show awards. The winners were Sophie Studd and Eliza Guero. Congratulations kids and have a Happy Halloween!!!

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Educates Our Students

On May 10th Dr. Janet Greenfield-Davis participated in career day at Elbridge Elementary School. Elbridge Elementary is one of many schools that Dr. Greenfield-Davis has donated her time and knowledge to educate our young students of today on equine veterinary medicine. Dr. Greenfield-Davis is the official veterinarian for Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, which focuses on equine-related programs for special needs children. Dr. Greenfield-Davis enjoys educating the community while raising awareness of equine health.

Mission Statement: Palm Beach Equine Clinic is dedicated to providing exceptional care to the horse and is committed to improving our relationship with our clients and our community.

“Educating our community and public service is a culture that we emphasize at Palm Beach Equine Clinic”, stated Dr. Scott Swerdlin, President of Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

Dr. Ryan Lukens recently completed an internship at Palm Beach Equine Clinic. Dr. Lukens excelled during his internship and was presented a contract toward a long and successful future with Palm Beach Equine Clinic. In the spirit of our mission statement, Dr. Lukens presented a lecture to 200 first graders concerning the anatomy of the horse with the Horse Tales Literacy Program. This event occurred at Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee on Friday, May 17th.

“Dr Lukens was wonderful. He was knowledgeable and very patient with the first graders”, said Shelley LaConte, South Florida Director of the Horse Tales Literacy Project. “He had a smile on his face the whole day.  It was a pleasure working with him. We were very grateful for his time and glad he is a part of Palm Beach Equine Clinic.” If you or any of your organizations would like a lecture or presenter please call Eques Solutions at 561-227- 1537.

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